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Freerider Skatecycle combines snowboard, skateboard and casterboard

The Freerider Skatecycle from Brooklyn Workshop
The Freerider Skatecycle from Brooklyn Workshop
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The Freerider Skatecycle from Brooklyn Workshop

As devices such as the Pulse Kick ‘n’ Go Xcelerator and T-Board show, designers are always looking for new and interesting (and hopefully profitable) ways to provide kids with the various cuts and scrapes that are an essential part of growing up. The latest pretender to the throne still occupied by bikes, skateboards and scooters is the Freerider Skatecycle – a two wheeled recreational vehicle that allegedly combines the “foot control of snowboarding, the balanced turning of skateboarding, and the nimble, undulating movements of casterboarding.”

Receiving a bronze in the 2010 International Design Excellence Awards, the Skatecycle’s frame is made of solid aluminum with body parts made of a durable composite. It features two slip-resistant footboards sitting inside the two 9-inch, polyurethane, hubless wheels that are connected by a double-jointed, twisting axle. This axle enables the rider to twist their body, moving their feet inwards and outwards, to propel the device.

Although, judging by the video below showing some trendy young things riding the device, it might take a bit of getting used to and could take some effort to achieve some decent speeds. But the device’s designers say the more experienced you get, the less energy you have to exert to gain and maintain momentum on flat ground.

Made by Brooklyn Workshop, the Freerider Skatecycle measures 32 x 6.5 x 8.5-inches (LxWxH), weighs 7.25 lbs and is available now for US$149.

the design blog via ubergizmo

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23 comments
Jared Forsyth
Hello broken ankles?
Facebook User
Three words. I WANT ONE
Ed
could they not get anybody who *knows* how to ride a skateboard to do the demo video?
Eric Greene
no brakes
BW
That video is a bit outdated. That was the riders first and second day on the Skatecycle. This is a video of their third. They got better http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfJMnXRM6r4
Paul Anthony
CAn I get one with a battery and a motor?
Facebook User
hey it takes w while to get used to it but once you get the hang of it its fun as heck i would definitely tell everyone to get one.
qtvk
Great design. Congratulations on the IDEA award!
DHen
I could see this on the X -games, seems very versatile.
Alina
This looks like a blast, if these videos are from the 3rd day of riding I can only imagine what can be done with it.